An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012, the first verdict to be issued against the country's first freely elected leader.
The Cairo Criminal Court issued the verdict as Morsi and other defendants in the case — mostly Muslim Brotherhood leaders — stood in a soundproof glass cage inside a makeshift courtroom at Egypt's national police academy.
Prosecutors are starting to build the case against the traffickers responsible for what might be the Mediterranean's worst migrant disaster as European Union leaders mull a new plan to stem the tide and undermine smugglers' finances and most precious assets: the boats.
An investigation into the sudden plunge of the Serbian president's plane last week shows that it was due to the co-pilot spilling coffee on the instruments panel.
The investigation results released Tuesday show that the co-pilot accidentally activated the emergency slot extension when trying to clean the coffee from the panel.
Park's prime minister, Lee Wan Koo, offered to resign Monday over allegations by a disgraced businessman who died in an apparent suicide that Lee had been bribed, the latest in a string of officials linked to the president who have faced ethics questions.
With Park's popularity plummeting and parliamentary and local elections looming, there are growing doubts about her ability to pursue, during her remaining three years in office, the ambitious goals she once voiced.
Park took over as president amid allegations that the country's spy service interfered in the election to gin up votes for her, though she hasn't been linked directly to the scandal, which saw the conviction of a former spy chief.
Park seems unable or unwilling to push through major changes or take bold steps and is becoming a caretaker leader and bland defender of the status quo, according to Robert Kelly, a political science professor at South Korea's Pusan National University.
Park tried to strike a contrast in that election with her aggressively conservative predecessor, Lee Myung-bak, by campaigning against her liberal challenger as a centrist who would shrink gaps between the rich and poor, improve welfare and establish checks on South Korea's powerful, sometimes corrupt corporate conglomerates.
Relatives of the dead on the ferry blame Park's government for failing to monitor safety ahead of the April 16, 2014, sinking and botching rescue attempts.
Customs and Border Protection officers escorted her to a private room at the airport and found the cocaine while they were searching her.
Officials estimate that the drugs have a street value of more than $73,000.